Monday Afternoon Hymn

It is a real encouragement to know that we can come to a God who is completely trustworthy and faithful. There are many hymns that speak of this, one of the best known ones is “Great is Thy Faithfulness. It is based on words found in the Lamentations 3: 22 – 24.

It begins by describing the character of God – no shadow of turning, not changing, full of compassion. The second and third verses go on to show how that works out in nature, forgiveness of sins and his sustaining power.

And after each verse we affirm.

Great is Thy faithfulness,
Great is Thy faithfulness

This is the God we worship!

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever will be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Thomas O. Chisholm


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